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Why Discipline Is Important

This is a short post about why discipline is important. In the Bible, we see the essential need for self-discipline. Below are 8 Bible verses about discipline or self-control. Following that are 10 thoughts about the importance of it. The ideas presented are things I have collected over the many years of being a pastor, leader, and from my own life.

why discipline is important

The Importance Of Discipline


Here are 8 bible verses about discipline. They speak to the importance of this in our lives as Christians.

Proverbs 13:4 - The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent will be made fat.

Proverbs 18:9 - He also who is slothful in his work is brother to him who is a great waster.

Proverbs 16:32 - He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control.

Titus 1:7-9 - For an overseer must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not easily angered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, self-controlled, just, holy, temperate, holding firmly the trustworthy word that is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to convince those who oppose it.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 - Everyone who strives for the prize exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one. So, therefore, I run, not with uncertainty. So I fight, not as one who beats the air.

But I bring and keep my body under subjection, lest when preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Titus 2:6 - Likewise, exhort young men to be self-controlled,

2 Peter 1: 5-7 - For this reason make every effort to add virtue to your faith; and to your virtue, knowledge; and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your self-control, patient endurance; and to your patient endurance, godliness; and to your godliness, brotherly kindness; and to your brotherly kindness, love.


Discipline is important because:

At the heart of self-discipline is also the need for self-respect. Without a healthy sense of self-respect, discipline will be a struggle.

When one can discipline or control oneself, self-respect grows.

Discipline is necessary for any worthwhile venture in life. Nothing of significance can be accomplished without being disciplined.

Discipline is an essential tool to handle and resolve life's problems. Nothing will be solved without self-control.

Discipline is the resolve and purpose to act.

It is easier to have discipline with a fixed purpose and set vision. It is very easy to drift from discipline or lack self-control when vision or purpose is unclear.

Many people struggle to be disciplined because its reward is not immediate. It is a cost today that pays off in the future. It is an investment in tomorrow.

Discipline requires consistent and constant effort in all things. Being undisciplined in one area can undermine other areas and lead to unwanted sabotage in those things.

Being disciplined requires you to train your mind to think correctly, regulate your emotions to respond appropriately, restrain your tongue only to speak life, and direct your actions to do what needs doing.

Remember, there is a cost to discipline and also a cost to the lack of it called regret. It requires payment today. Regrets require payment tomorrow, and regret always costs more.

The investment of disciplined activity will pay off through new thoughts, creativity, and values that can only come by paying the price of discipline today.

Today’s discipline will multiple tomorrow's accomplishments.

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